McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies seized 656 marijuana plants from a field in unincorporated Marengo this week in what is described as a wild cannabis grow, authorities said.
A property owner in the 20000 block of Anthony Road discovered the plants on July 16 and contacted the sheriff’s office, according to a release. Deputies responded and determined it was a wild cannabis grow and not the result of an organized cultivation, the release stated.
The street value of the marijuana seized would have been approximately $6,500 if harvested, deputies said.
McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren reminds the public to be aware of suspicious activity around cornfields and heavily wooded areas, especially with ponds or creeks, from now through the months of September. Typically the summer months leading into fall are when outdoor cannabis growing operations are tended and harvested.
If you have any information about any wild cannabis or cultivated grow operations, contact the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit at 815-334-4760 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-762-STOP.